Policies A through D

ABS Grade

The grade of ABS may be given only when a student has missed the final examination; it is not appropriate in any other case. In order to receive a grade of ABS in a course, submit an Incomplete/Absence request in Workday. This requires the approval of the instructor and the Office of Undergraduate Academics. The request must indicate a date for completion of the course, which must be within the first two weeks of the next full semester.

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Absence From Class or Examination

Students are expected to attend all classes in which they are enrolled. Each faculty member determines their own policy dealing with class attendance. Therefore, if a student misses a class or classes, the student is expected to discuss the matter with the instructor, and it is up to the discretion of the instructor whether to allow a student to make up any missed assignments, exams, or projects. Absences, for whatever reason, do not relieve students of their responsibility for fulfilling the requirements for any course.

If a student knows in advance that they are going to miss a class, the student is expected to discuss the situation with the appropriate faculty member in advance and in accordance with that faculty member’s guidelines for class attendance.

In cases of emergency or an extreme event, the Dean of Students will serve as a resource in case a student is unable to make direct contact with a faculty member. Examples where this might apply include accidents, hospitalizations, death of an immediate family member, or serious and/or debilitating health concerns.

Students with long- or short-term documented disabilities including chronic illness must meet with the Office of Disability Services to seek accommodation. The Director of Disability Services will communicate directly with faculty regarding any accommodations needed.

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Academic Standing

Scholastic Requirements 

Each semester students must earn at least 12 credits and a 2.000 or higher semester GPA with no more than two withdrawals or failures and have a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or higher. 

If a student's performance falls short, the student will be placed on Academic Warning. A student on Academic Warning who does not meet the good academic standing criteria during that semester will be placed on Academic Probation. A student can only be on Academic Warning one time. A student previously on Academic Warning/Probation who returns to good academic standing and subsequently fails to meet good Academic Standing requirements will be placed on Academic Probation. Students on Academic Warning/Probation are required to participate in the Academic Support Program (ASP) designed to support students with the goal of returning to good academic standing.

Removal From Academic Warning or Probation 

Students are removed from Academic Warning/Probation at such time as they meet the criteria listed above at the end of that semester or the second summer session. 

Dropped for Poor Scholarship 

A student who does not meet good academic standing criteria in the probationary semester may be academically suspended for one semester by the Academic Promotions Subcommittee of the Academic Operations and Affairs Committee. The student has the right to appeal the suspension. 

If a student goes on probation for a second, although not necessarily consecutive, term the Academic Promotions Subcommittee of the Academic Operations and Affairs Committee will determine whether the student will be permitted to continue at Stevens on probation or will be academically suspended for one semester. The student has the right to appeal the suspension. 

At any time that a student's academic performance falls significantly below the above standards, the Academic Promotions Subcommittee of the Academic Operations and Affairs Committee may academically suspend the student for one semester. The student has the right to appeal the suspension.

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Advanced Placement

Stevens participates in the Advanced Placement (AP) program of the College Entrance Examination Board. Students may receive college credit toward their degree for the following examinations and corresponding scores based on the year the student entered Stevens.

AP/IB AND COLLEGE TRANSFER CREDIT

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Advisors

Students at Stevens have the benefit of two advisors to support and guide them throughout their academic journey. Each school has academic advisors available to students from their first semester to their senior year. In addition, students are assigned a faculty advisor based on their major to advise on field- and career-specific matters, especially during students’ junior and senior years. In programs without academic advisors, students are fully supported by their faculty advisor.

Students should familiarize themselves with their major requirements by reviewing the curriculum in the academic catalog. All students create a study plan after their first semester with the assistance of their academic advisor and faculty advisor to map out future classes. It is recommended that students meet with their advisors at least once per semester.


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Auditing Courses

To audit a course is to attend class sessions without receiving credit for the course. Students may register to audit a course with the approval of the instructor and the Office of Undergraduate Academics. This course will count as an enrolled course for purposes of computing overload charges, should any be required. In order to change from graded to audit status or audit to graded status for a particular course, submit the Change Grading Basis request in Workday Student before the add/drop deadline established by the Registrar's Office.

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Change of Enrollment

Enrollment changes can be made through Workday until the Add/Drop deadline which typically is two weeks after the start of the semester and one week after the start of the summer session.

Course Withdrawal

If a student wishes to remove a course from their schedule after the Add/Drop deadline, it is considered a withdrawal. When a student withdraws from a course, a grade of W is recorded for that course. The grade of W does not affect the student's graduating GPA. To start the Withdraw from a Course process in Workday, click the Withdrawal button next to the course on the Current Classes tab. It is highly recommended that students speak to their instructor prior to withdrawing from a course. View detailed information on how to withdraw from a course in Workday. The course withdrawal deadline can be found in the Academic Calendar.

Students with questions about the financial impact of withdrawing from a course should consult with the Office of Financial Aid. International students should consult the ISSS Office before taking any withdrawal action. (See also Full-Time & Part-Time Status).

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Change of Grade

A final grade in a course may be changed only if either a) an error in grading or grade computation was made or b) an INC/ABS petition was filed before the end of the semester in which the course was taken (see INC grade or ABS grade). A grade may be changed within one regular (Spring or Fall) semester after the term in which the course was taken.

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Changing Program of Study (Major)

Students can change their program of study through completing the Change a Program of Study request in Workday. Students may wish to consult with the academic advisor of the program before submitting the request in Workday. Academic Advisors for each college/school can be found at: Undergraduate Advising
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Course by Application

If a particular course is not offered during a semester, the course may be taken by application with the approval of the instructor and the Office of Undergraduate Academics by submitting a Course by Application request in Workday. Students must discuss the course syllabus and any procedures to complete the course, including tests/exams, with the instructor prior to submitting the request in Workday. The approved request will enroll the student in a CA section for the course. A letter grade for the course is posted at the end of the semester.

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Course by Examination

This option is open to students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher either in the previous semester or overall, and is limited to one per semester. Permission to take a course by examination must be obtained by submitting a Request for a Course by Examination in Workday.

If the examination is successfully completed, the instructor who administered the examination issues a letter grade in the course. The examination must be taken prior to the start of a semester, and if the examination is not passed, the unsuccessful attempt is recorded as part of the student's transcript, and the student must enroll in that course in the following semester.

A course that has already been attempted by a student cannot subsequently be taken as a Course by Examination.

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Dean's List

STUDENTS ENTERING STEVENS FALL 2016 OR LATER

The Dean's List is prepared at the end of each academic term by the Registrar's Office. To be eligible for a given semester, a student must be in good standing, earn at least 12 credits, and have a 3.5 term GPA with no failures and no more than one course withdrawal.

STUDENTS ENTERING STEVENS PRIOR TO FALL 2016

The Dean's List is prepared at the end of each academic term by the Registrar's Office. To be eligible for a given semester, a student must be in good standing, earn at least 12 credits, and have a 3.0 term GPA with no failures and no more than one course withdrawal.

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Degree with Honor & High Honor

The undergraduate Degree with Honor is conferred if you achieve a grade point average of 3.2 for courses required for the degree; the Degree with High Honor is conferred if you achieve a grade point average of 3.6 or higher for courses required for the degree.

For students entering Fall 2018 or later:

  • The undergraduate Degree with Honor is conferred to the student who achieves a grade point average of 3.4 for courses required for the degree.

  • The undergraduate Degree with High Honor is conferred to the student who achieves a grade point average of 3.6 for courses required for the degree.

  • The undergraduate Degree with Highest Honor is conferred to the student who achieves a grade point average of 3.85 or higher for courses required for the degree.

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Degree with Thesis

A student wishing to graduate with a Degree With Thesis must submit an application for Degree with Thesis in Workday no later than December 15 of the senior year. A copy of the approved thesis must be delivered to the Library by the last day of classes in the spring semester of the senior year.

Some points of interest about the Thesis:

  • the diploma reads "with thesis"

  • the thesis is not for credit and is over and above the other degree requirements

  • the thesis does not affect the GPA

  • the thesis is not treated as an overload for tuition calculation

  • the student may begin work on the thesis before the senior year

  • a public presentation of the thesis must be hosted by the department or program

  • the thesis must be approved by the faculty advisor and a reader

Above requirements apply to all undergraduate programs with the exception of CAL (College of Arts and Letters) programs which includes the thesis as a part of the degree requirements.

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Double Degree

Two B.A.'s or B.A. plus either B.S. or B.E.; Two B.S.'s or B.S. plus B.E.; Two B.E. degrees -- The requirements for this are as follows:

  • satisfy all the requirements for both degrees (For B.E's, including two discipline-specific design series), and have completed at least 24 credits beyond the higher of the two program requirements.

  • Two Academic Plans are required.

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